Sustainable Mediterranean Construction

Sustainable Mediterranean Construction



Fotini Daskayanni


Hospital gardens, Healing gardens, Green spaces, Outdoor spaces, Health outcome, Healthcare Design.

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Man’s contact with nature is an important and integral part of his prosperity. Various researches shows that nature has a positive effect on the physical condition, on psychology and, consequently, on the socialization of man.
Studies in healthcare support the association of nature with healing. It has been shown that both passive exposure to landscapes or more active interactions with nature are psychologically and physically beneficial to humans and act as a catalyst in the treatment and rehabilitation of a patient’s health.
In healthcare facilities, the positive results from the contact of humans with nature do not positively affect only patients but all users of the facility (visitors, family environment, workers) and this is the reason why green spaces are so important and necessary.
The necessity of a conversation between natural environment and healthcare facilities had been recognized since antiquity and continued to exist until the 20th century, where it played a secondary role. Hospitals have become institutionalized, alienated from their users, and have begun to give a sense of fear to them. In last decades, there has been a redefinition of the conversation of the surrounding space with the healthcare facilities resulting from the redefinition of the conversation between healthcare facilities and human beings. At the same time, the health sector can be profitable for a state and also peoples’ choices as to where they decide to trust their health are many. Health centers now try to be more competitive, so they redefine their benefits [1]. Environments that can successfully accommodate social support at various levels are necessary. Such are the welldesigned outdoor or indoor spaces, where users come into contact with nature. In healthcare facilities, green environments may include planted areas between building blocks, gardens in front of the main entrance, a central courtyard for population gathering, roof gardens and healing gardens.
The present text attempts to clarify the reasons for the necessity of the existence and proper design of natural environment in healthcare facilities. The aim is to raise awareness of more specialists from Architecture, Agriculture and Medicine in order to reexamine and redesign existing healthcare centers, as well as the more accurate design of new facilities, in which the architectural concept will include natural environments from the beginning.


SMC N.09 2019



003_ VIEW_Green: the new challenge of living
Paola De Joanna



008_ The role of greenery in healtcare facilities for children
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013_Rethinking the green. Technical implementations, bioclimatic involvements and technological perspectives of greenery in Architecture
Valentina Frighi

018_The vegetation as a constant in the Mediterranean cultural landscape
Francisco Pérez Gallego

030_By using GIS technologies into the relationship between urban green and the social and built environment of the Municipality of Pozzuoli
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034_The configurational approach to measure the impact of green spaces on urban landscape
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040_Green building/infrastructure system with manifacturing/distribution strategy
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044_The role of vegetation in the mechanism of absorption and acoustic isolation
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049_Sensorium | Five senses interaction center. Green and smart healthcare facility
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057_When the green enters the buildings: the beneficial impact on users
Ilaria Oberti, Michela Lecci

062_Green in hospital – The necessity
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066_Visions, perceptions and benefits of natural green
Giuseppe Vaccaro

073_What it means to plant a tree
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079_A method for the ecological use of vegetation in the built environment
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086_Green materials and applications, the future for a green product design
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093_Integrated methodologies for the knowledge and regeneration of the Paestum site. The role of the nature between the temples and the sea
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102_The forest as a tool to regenerate urban and sub-urban environments
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107_Green interventions for reconnecting urban liminal spaces. Two experiences in research and teaching
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112_Techno-functional green-lines. Comparing urban experiences
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120_Frontiers of green architecture
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127_+4°C. Green design and extreme climate change
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132_Green walls as nature-based solutions for urban and building resilience: a case study
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137_Rooftop farming in Buenos Aires: nature-based solutions for urban resilience
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142_Green-algae resilient architecture
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150_Sustainable technologies for bioregionalist architecture. Regulatory aspects and pilot experiences
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